A MANUAL FOR THE MODERN MYSTIC by Rio Olesky
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A MANUAL FOR THE MODERN MYSTIC

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A guide about how to weave spirituality into real-world experiences by following 12 basic, manageable laws.

The word “mystic” often brings to mind a person who lives outside society in order to maintain his rarified state. However, Olesky (Astrology and Consciousness, 1995, etc.) writes that a mystic way of being can enhance every aspect of normal human existence—from childbirth to creative expression to simple tasks such as tidying a workspace or watering plants in a garden. His manual lays out universal laws he has identified (and followed) as guideposts for spiritually connected living. The laws correlate with the 12 zodiac signs, which Olesky has eloquently expanded to embody the full range of flesh-and-blood experience. For example, the possession-focused earth sign Taurus embodies the Law of Survival, while the expansive sign of Sagittarius correlates with the Law of Abundance. (Other laws touch on Creativity, Love, Harmony, Transcendence and other principles.) However, this is no mere astrological guide: Olesky fleshes out the principle behind each law before touching on the astrological correlation and explains the consequences of “not aligning” with each law. The book never becomes dry or preachy; Olesky draws on his own experiences as well as those of his family, clients and teachers to breathe life into each law and highlight the laws’ relevance and achievability. The result is an eminently readable, heartfelt and soulful manual, graced by Olesky’s wisdom as well as quotations and ideas from spiritual teachers across the centuries. 

A passionate testament about interconnectedness that appeals to both heart and mind.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 2011
ISBN: 978-1450294058
Page count: 360pp
Publisher: iUniverse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2013




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